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No Trip to Athens is Complete Unless You Visit These 3 Saronic Islands

Athens is more than just a vacation. It’s an intoxicating mix of culture and history, sunsets and food, landmarks and beaches, art and music.

There is something about Greece’s capital city that’s sometimes hard to articulate, a pulsating urban energy that’s almost tangible. A visit to one of the world’s oldest cities is more than just an archaeological crusade through history. Among the prominent landmarks reminisce of a 2,500 year history, lie neighbourhoods bustling with edgy galleries, artists, museums, eateries, bars and restaurants – a contemporary scene that blends effortlessly with the antiquities surrounding it.

No trip to Athens is complete however unless you’re taking advantage of the city’s close proximity to the gorgeous islands of the Saronic Gulf, particularly Hydra, Aegina and Poros. Located just a few hours by boat from Athens’ coastline, each of the Saronics offer a unique glimpse into authentic Greek island life – a worthy escape from the Athenian urban landscape, if only for a day or two. Beautiful low-key Hydra for instance, is the only island in Greece with no cars, just scooters. This Saronic jewel is loved for its cobbled streets, vintage architecture, donkey transport and a step-back-in-time façade. It’s no wonder that it’s been visited by a myriad of actors and musicians, including the likes of Sophia Loren and Leonard Cohen. Just an hour from Athens, Aegina is another Saronic gem that’s as famous for its ancient sites and golden beaches, as it is for decadent pistachio nut treats and fresh local seafood. This laid-back island, the largest of the Saronics, is also a popular weekend retreat for Athenians seeking a short respite from city living. Scenic Poros comprises two distinct islands, the largely forested Kalavria and the lively town of Sfairia. Ideal for a relaxing one day getaway, Poros has something for everyone to enjoy, whether it’s spectacular sandy beaches, delicious local gastronomy, historical ruins and artefacts, or its lush citrus forest. Creating an unforgettable holiday experience means immersing yourself in as much of the adventure that comes with travelling to different destinations.

If you’re in Athens, this definitely means an island-hopping cruise of the idyllic Saronic Gulf islands, even if all you have is just a few days